THE SIXTEENTH edition of the fortnightly Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. Each episode features a round-up and analysis of the biggest news stories published on the magazine’s website in addition to discussions with selected professionals from the security business sector.
Episode 16 of the Security Matters Podcast features exclusive interviews with Neil Williams (legal director at Rahman Ravelli Solicitors) and also Mark Rees (managing director) and Sara Fisher (sales director) of 360 Vision Technology, the British company specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of innovative and robust CCTV surveillance camera solutions.
Since the company’s formation back in 2001, Rahman Ravelli has become one of the fastest-growing and most highly regarded legal practices in its field. The business is a specialist in the arena of investigations relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering and fraud allegations, including those that may involve many agencies and jurisdictions. The business is also an acknowledged expert when it comes to cases involving civil fraud, commercial litigation and asset tracing/recovery, in addition to compliance and internal investigations.
Rahman Ravelli’s workload involves the most high-profile and multinational cases, with its specialist teams providing the most robust, proactive and strategic representation for each and every client. A bespoke legal team is created for every corporate, senior business figure, high net worth individual or organisation represented by the company.
The firm’s pedigree and proven decision-making ability in the field of litigation ensures that it always handles each and every aspect of a given case to obtain the best result possible, whether that case be a large-scale commercial dispute or an asset recovery matter.
As a conflict-free practice, Rahman Ravelli takes instructions from other firms around the world for cases that are high stakes and involve a number of jurisdictions. The firm’s independence means that it can challenge organisations and corporations other legal practices are not in a position to act against. Further, over the years Rahman Ravelli has helped shape the law on a range of issues by taking cases to the very highest courts in the land.
Serious Fraud Office under discussion
Neil Williams began his career at Rahman Ravelli back in 2012 in the role of senior associate solicitor. Having held that position for just shy of seven years, he then became legal director in May last year.
Notable and complicated business crime cases involving currency fraud, mortgage fraud and charity fraud are a regular part of Neil’s caseload. Tackling cases involving firearms offences, drug trafficking and homicide are among the serious crimes he has dealt with across the years.
Allegations pertaining to FOREX and multinational investigations into investment fraud are also areas upon which Neil focuses, in addition to representation for individuals accused of corruption in public office.
On Episode 16 of the Security Matters Podcast, Neil turns his attentions towards the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), referencing the guidance issued to date by the SFO in relation to Deferred Prosecution Agreements. Can it be argued that there are real benefits in a company self-reporting any wrongdoing? Neil addresses this question and also outlines what it would take to persuade the SFO not to prosecute a company if it had all of the evidence it needed in order to do so.
Importantly, Neil offers an overview of the key details that today’s companies need to know in relation to the SFO, while also concentrating on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably impacted its work.
This time around, Security Matters’ Editor Brian Sims also welcomes a duo of guests from 360 Vision Technology, the Runcorn-based surveillance solutions manufacturer whose HD IP, stainless steel, thermal and radar-controlled CCTV surveillance cameras are purpose-designed to suit a broad range of general and harsh environment applications across many market sectors.
A Member of The Security Institute, 360 Vision Technology’s managing director Mark Rees began his journey in the security sector back in 1988, initially spending five years with distributor Norbain as a field sales engineer. 1993 then witnessed a switch to Honeywell and a nine-year spell as Southern area sales manager.
Mark joined 360 Vision Technology in May 2002 to take up the role of business development director, becoming managing director of the business – which enjoys third party partnerships with some of the world’s leading technology manufacturers – in September 2018.
360 Vision Technology’s Sara Fisher gained an MBA from the University of Bedfordshire in 2008. In terms of her career in the security world, Sara worked at AMG Systems for no less than 22 years and, during that time, across various sales-related roles, culminating in her appointment as sales and marketing director for the business (which specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of transmission solutions for security cameras, CCTV systems and cyber security as well as Ethernet and Gigabit networks).
Sara made the move to 360 Vision Technology in January of this year, spending seven months as business development director for the company before taking on the role of sales director.
During Brian’s interview with Mark and Sara, Mark first pinpoints the significant changes that he has witnessed in the sector in recent times before focusing on both the opportunities and challenges that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the company’s marketing communications, Sara often describes 360 Vision Technology as being “more than just a camera manufacturer”. As well as elaborating on that point, Sara details the company’s growth in 2020 – itself buoyed by several new appointments – and also reviews how the sales function has necessarily had to adapt its approach since March.
Mark closes the interview by explaining his vision for the business and its development across the next five years.
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